For the European Union to become a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, decision-makers need reliable energy data to define, implement, and monitor the effectiveness of energy policies. CERVINO facilitates the exchange and visualisation of energy data within the Alpine territory. It sets up a stable and reliable system that enables a better collection, management, update and use of Alpine energy data. The project improves the Energy Survey conducted in 2017 and 2019 in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) developing a simple, user-friendly energy data management tool. Data entry and processing of the management tool will be facilitated and a roadmap will ensure regular surveys on energy data. The Energy Survey will support decision-making processes on energy matters across the Alps.
- 2021 – 2027
- Carbon neutral and resource sensitive Alpine region
- SO 2.1 - Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- AG9 Energy efficiency and renewable energy
- 669.200 EUR
- 501.900 EUR
The CERVINO project, named after the mighty mountain in the Alps, aims to develop an energy data platform for the Alpine region. Why is such a platform important and how is it being developed?
The Alpine Space benefits from important energy flows between regions. These energy flows can lead to cross-border energy projects, which in turn can significantly contribute to achieving the EU goal of being CO2 neutral by 2050. A necessary basis for joint energy projects is reliable cross-regional energy data. They make it possible to define framework conditions and projects, to implement them and to check their success.
There are various challenges in obtaining a reliable, transnational data basis: Energy data, which have a different spatial and temporal scale, must be collected and analysed. The data must also be reliable and updated regularly and cost-effectively. The results need to be presented in a way that is easily understood by all stakeholders in the region. And stakeholders need to know about the data platform and its usefulness.
The CERVINO project addresses all these challenges. Based on previous energy surveys, it is developing a new platform: the CERVINO Alpine Energy Data Platform. It enables the exchange of energy data between regions and supports decision-making processes.
To do so, CERVINO will leverage an already existing activity developed within EUSALP's AG9, the "EUSALP Energy Survey", implemented in 2017 and updated in 2019. Taking that past experience as a starting point, it will reshape, upgrade and improve the existing Energy Survey structure based on the lessons learned. The project develops a simple, user-friendly energy data tool allowing for automated management of the Survey. It conducts the reshaped Survey using the new tool and validate the developed solutions. A roadmap for the durability of the new energy data management tool shall ensure the regular update of the Survey and ultimately leading to the establishment of an Alpine Energy Observatory. And CERVINO makes the Energy Data Platform known among the stakeholders to maximise its use and usefulness.
To ensure the quality and usefulness of the new platform, CERVINO is involving stakeholders from the Alpine region in its development. Among them will be regional authorities as well as members from EUSALP’s Action Group 9, an Action Group focused on Energy in the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP). In March 2024, a platform will be available for the first time that will allow the exchange of energy data for the Alpine Space in an automated, cost-efficient and regularly updated way: the CERVINO Alpine Energy Data Platform.
Organisations implementing the CERVINO project are energy agencies and a research institute that are experts in energy planning and energy data in the Alpine region:
- Region Liguria: IRE spa, the Regional Agency for Infrastructure development, building Renovation and Energy of Liguria as lead partner.
- Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen: Eurac research
Region Rhône-Alpes: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency
Region Vzhodna Slovenija: Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region
Region Oberbayern: Civic Foundation Energiewende Oberland (EWO)
Learn more about the CERVINO project team here.
EUSALP Energy Data Management ToolWebsiteEnergy production and consumption are responsible for more than 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. To realize the EU’s climate targets for 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050 also in the Alps, the CERVINO energy data platform provides an important basis for the energy transition.The CERVINO Alpine Energy Data Platform is a new tool that provides a single point of access to energy data from across the Alpine region. The platform is designed to help decision-makers, researchers, and the public to understand energy trends and make informed decisions about the future of energy in the Alps. You can access the CERVINO Alpine Energy Data Platform here. Learn more about the CERVINO platform and how to use it in the following videos: How to use the CERVINO platform:
- Overview video on features, benefits and own dashboards (9:49)
- Deep-dive interview on how to access, visualise and compare energy data (23:49)